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How to Choose the Right Heat Pump for the Home: A Quick Guide

Did you know a heat pump for the home can help you reduce your home's carbon footprint? This is important... especially during the climate crisis. If your heat pump isn't up to date, you may need a new one. 

Are you looking for a new heat pump for your home? You'll notice there are many models and styles to choose from when looking at heat pumps for home use.

Don't let that scare you... we have some tips just for you. Keep reading to find out about heat pump sizes for homes, electric heat pumps and so much more.


Heat Pumps for Home Use

You don't have to choose a brand new make and model for your latest heat pump. There's no shame in choosing one that's close to the one you had before. Here are some types of heat pumps for home use. 

Air-source heat pumps are the most common style you'll see inside the home. They use heat from outside and filter it into warm air. Make sure you get the right size though. 

Air-source heat pumps don't work great if they're undersized for your home's climate. For example, if you live in a colder area, you may need a larger pump. 

Other kinds include ductless or mini-splits and geothermal heat pumps. A ductless heat pump has an outdoor unit and a condenser. This system is usually installed inside the ceiling or high on the wall. 

A geothermal heat pump is most likely buried deep within the ground. They create conditioned air with help of low temperatures (around 50 or 60 degrees).



How to Save Energy

Many split systems save energy because they have cooling efficiency. The rating for cooling inside a heat pump system is called SEER. And the heating is measured in HSPF.  

Since SEER is most important if you live in a warm climate, keep your eye on HSPF. HSPF is important when it comes to cold climates and living in the northeast. The higher the rating, the more efficient your unit.



Heat Pump Sizes and Installation

If you buy a heat pump that's too small for your home, it may not keep the right temperature. And it could lead to inflated energy bills, and make you uncomfortable in certain weather. That's why sizing your heat pump is one of the most important steps. 

For every 500-600 square feet inside your home, install one ton of air conditioning. And it's best to know most heat pumps measure capacity in the British Thermal Unit (BTU).



How to Choose the Right Heat Pump for the Home

It's important to note most heat pump capacity measures in BTU. Keep that in mind when checking out heat pumps for home. And remember what HSPF and SEER are. 

Don't be afraid to ask for help when looking for a new heat pump for the home. A professional can help you find what you're looking for.

But don't skimp on energy efficiency. A new, energy-efficient unit may help save your time and money. If you have any questions about choosing the right heat pump, contact us at Strategic Mechanical right away for more information.


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